Kawartha Lakes is a municipality in the eastern central portion of Ontario, Canada. Its main population centres include: Woodville, Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, Lindsay, and Omemee. Its name is taken from "kawatha," a shortened version of the Ojibwen term, "gaa-waategamaag," that translates to "shining waters." Kawartha Lakes was created by the Progressive Conservative government of Ontario during the year 2000. It was a merging of municipalities of the previous Victoria County, that came into effect during the month of January the year 2001.
For its residents and tourists, the city of Kawartha Lakes has numerous amenities and attractions. For beach goers, there are several beaches that surround the city. In the Bobcaygeon Area, there is the Riverview Park, that offers seventy five metres of sand beach situated east on Highway 36 on Mill Street; and the Beach Park, that is situated at Kawartha Lakes Road 24 & Park Street in Bobcaygeon. The Coboconk and Area comprises the Coboconk Lions Park Beach (located off Highway 35 this day-use park providing picnic facilities), Sandy Beach (located on Blanchard's Road), Four Mile Lake (provides a 12 metre sand beach together with washroom facilities), Balsam Lake Provincial Park (provides big sandy beach along with a change house, buoyed swimming area, full day-use picnic and playground facilities and a seasonal store located west of Coboconk on Highway 48), and Birch Point (situated at the end of the lane at the "T" and provides public Swimming). Fenelon Falls and Area comprises Garnet Graham Park (located on Cameron Lake and showcases a beach, public swimming, picnic facilities and playground equipment), Verulam Park (provides picnic facilities, good swimming and a public boat dock and launch), and Island Park (provides views of the Locks and seasonal boat traffic as well as picnic facilities). Kirkfield and Area consists of Mitchell Lake Beach (features grassy water access to lake), Centennial Park (provides picnic facilities and a great beach), and Carden Recreation Centre (features a children's playground, baseball diamonds and a beach and swimming area). Lindsay and Area comprises the Ken Reid Conservation Area (offers a large playground structure, an unsupervised swimming area along with change rooms, three picnic shelters and nearby washrooms onsite) and Sandbar Beach. Norland and Area comprises Norland Beach. Omemee and Area consists of Omemee Beach and Emily Provincial Park (located on Emily Park Road).
The city of Kawartha Lakes has low land costs, labour rates and taxes. Its skilled personnel are generally concentrated on the areas of medical supplies, agri-food services, retail and construction, geomatics, tourism, agriculture, and manufacturing. Then again, its main business is agriculture, with bountiful produce, particularly hay, corn, oats, barley, and wheat. In addition, hay is considered the biggest single crop grown in the municipality. Beef cattle and dairy farming dominates livestock farming, and conventional farming has included specialty farming like for instance high-yield crops, and herb, goat and deer farms.